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The Rainbow

The Rainbow
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Copyright: nagaraj vn (nagraj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-15
Categories: Sky
Camera: Nikon D200, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f.4
Exposure: f/8, 1/90 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-29 5:14
Viewed: 4445
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Rainbow

Thank god, the mayhem has ended yesterday though many a life we lost. Hope these things are not repeated again and we always see beautiful things like this rainbow than the bloodshed.

This image I captured recently from the terrace of my house. In the city its difficult to take entire rainbow so I went for a close up to show the colors. Hope you like this image.
Some information on Rainbow I got from wikipedia.

A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines onto droplets of moisture in the Earth's atmosphere. They take the form of a multicoloured arc, with red on the outer part of the arch and violet on the inner section of the arch.

Rainbows can be observed whenever there are water drops in the air and sunlight shining from behind a person at a low altitude angle (on the ground). The most spectacular rainbow displays happen when half of the sky is still dark with draining clouds and the observer is at a spot with clear sky in the direction of the Sun. The result is a luminous rainbow that contrasts with the darkened background.

The rainbow effect is also commonly seen near waterfalls or fountains. The effect can also be artificially created by dispersing water droplets into the air during a sunny day. Rarely, a moonbow, lunar rainbow or night-time rainbow, can be seen on strongly moonlit nights. As human visual perception for colour is poor in low light, moonbows are often perceived to be white.[1] It is difficult to photograph the complete arc of a rainbow, as this would require an angle of view of 84. For a 35 mm camera, a lens with a focal length of 19 mm or less wide-angle lens would be required.
The light is first refracted as it enters the surface of the raindrop, reflected off the back of the drop, and again refracted as it leaves the drop. The overall effect is that the incoming light is reflected back over a wide range of angles, with the most intense light at an angle of 4042. The angle is independent of the size of the drop, but does depend on its refractive index. Seawater has a higher refractive index than rain water, so the radius of a 'rainbow' in sea spray is smaller than a true rainbow. This is visible to the naked eye by a misalignment of these bows.

"My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,

Or let me die!" Wordsworth

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hello nagraj,
every one is relaxed to see that this episode of terrorism at mumbai is ended, i was deepely hurt by looking st what has happened there, i have spent two years in mumbai and could feel what was happening.

its always nice to be back on TN and see lovely post like this. i liked the composition and the colors,. today only i returned from 5 days business trip to kolkata.

tfs & regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-29 5:49]

Hello Nagaraj,
I love raindows and if captured right as you have you get the beautiful colours so sharp and contrasting against the dark sky.
Beautiful shot.
Best regards Siggi

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2008-11-29 5:55]

Hello Nagraj-

Beautiful rainbow. Hope it portends rapid recovery from your national tragedy. If only the rest of the world could apply its efforts to things like photography rather than mayhem.


Hello Nagraj,
Wow! i haven't seen a rainbow as color bound as this one.. Brilliant colors.. Informational notes.
Well seen and taken..

Best wishes,

Hi Nagaraj
New subject in your gallery. It is probebly the best photo of the rainbow that I have ever seen on TN. Perfect exposure, great digonal composition
I like it very much

that is one of the finest rainbows with no other thing in picture except sky...which I have seen. Your settings are spot on...it gives a most impressive feel...wonderful!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-29 8:37]

Hi Nagaraj,
I love rainbows and have always been intrigued by those colours, you portray a superb image here against the sky. Very attractive and very beautiful. What a good thing to see after watching the painful mayhem in Mumbai for more than 2 days. Atleast there is something to cheer and feel good about.
TFS this fine image.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-29 9:07]

Hi Nagaraj,

This is the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen in a picture! The colors are so deep and rich against the pretty sky. I have been following the events in Mumbai (one of my favorite cities in the world) closely and hope that this rainbow is a symbol of peace and prosperity.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-29 10:55]

Hi Nagaraj. You have taken a fine picture of the Rainbow showing the colours very clearly . I like the way the clouds are warmly light with the sun. well done And TFS.

Hello Nagraj

Great composition,the arc cuts a lovely diagonal across the frame.
Very good colour saturation.
The POV is well done.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-30 3:59]

Hello Nagaraj,
Happy to have this rainbow of yours as neighbour! I hope it will bring you(and may be to me) some luck:-). Amazing how sharp you have caught the different colors.
Intersting diagonal composition.
Thanks also for the good note
Best regards

Hi Nagaraj, wonderful diagonal composition with splendid rainbow, fantastic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Nagraj,

Well exposed and composed picture of the rainbow in it true colours,yes we all wish to see that ruthless act doesn't appear again...elsewhere.TFS

  • smurali Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
  • [2008-12-01 12:42]

Wow! What a phenomenal rainbow that you have captured Nagaraj. Brilliant colors.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-02 0:20]

Hi Nagaraj

Very beautiful close-up on this rainbow!
The magnificent colors you managed to get here are outstanding and i'm particularly impressed by how well the entire spectrum is visible.
Excellent textures with the clouds in the BG, too, and an overall nice composition.

Bravo and TFS

Dear Nagraj,
Grand composition of the rainbow :) I like the photographer's informative note too. TFS

This is such a clear rainbow shot! It is hard to capture them so nicely! Great job on this one!


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